By PLAYing in gymnastics, babies, toddlers, children, youth and adults learn skills that prepare them to participate in almost every other sport. .
The activity and the sport of gymnastics are often confused. The activity of gymnastics incorporate basic elements including springs, rotations and landings to build confidence, strength and flexibility. It can be taught safely with limited knowledge and equipment.
The sport of gymnastics incorporates the above activities into complex skills and routines. It requires more physical preparation, equipment and instructor education.
Fact: Gymnastics is an activity that everyone can participate in and benefit from. The majority of participants in gymnastics throughout the world are involved at the recreational level with over 30 million members reported by the International Gymnastics Federation. Gymnastics is highly recognized throughout the world for its educational and fitness benefits.
Fact: Anyone can do gymnastics regardless of size and strength. The skills that gymnastics provides helps to create a body awareness that tall and small participants benefit from!
Fact: When a gymnastics program is tailored to the needs of the age group and ability level it is not dangerous. When you watch gymnastics on TV it does look like it has a dangerous element – but these athletes are trained and learn how to perform these skills safely.
In fact, gymnastics provides a great sense of safety because participants are taught early how to fall and land without injuries which is an important part of every sport. Many sports, such as skiing for example, incorporate gymnastics into their training at a young age so that athletes can learn skills that will make their participation in skiing safer!
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